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A Summer's Day

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Simon Garcia writes: "I wrote 'A Summer's Day' for Bass-Fest 2013, and is dedicated to David Heyes and Sarah Poole. I had never written for voice before and to know that Sarah Poole (soprano) would be performing at Bass-Fest seemed like a good opportunity to write my first piece for voice and double bass quartet. Looking for a text I found the wonderful and beautiful sonnet by William Shakespeare and started work.

Written in a tonal language I tried to portray when the verses were written, including the loneliness of the author while writing it. Love and melancholy, Shakesepare is thinking of his lover while writing these beautiful words, possibly looking to the far horizon from the author's room."

The simple and chordal accompaniment contrasts the lyrical and meandering vocal lines which explore a wide vocal tessitura. The staid and static of the double bass accompaniment creates an atmospheric and evocative backdrop for the soloist to explore a range of moods and idioms which are expressed within the text.

A Sonnet's Day also exists in a version for soprano and piano and was premiered at Bass-Fest 2013 (The Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset) on Sunday 4 August 2013 by Sarah Poole (soprano) and Mark Cracknell (piano).

A Summer's Day for soprano & double bass quartet was premiered at Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) on 29 September 2013 by Sarah Poole (soprano), David Heyes (double bass), Ben Groenevelt (double bass), Jim Rintoul (double bass) and Joe Prindl (double bass).

Bassist and composer Simon Garcia was born in Mugardos (Spain) in 1977 and graduated in double bass from the Conservatorio Superior of Salamanca. He has worked as a double bassist in the Royal Orchestra of Galicia, having also performed in many orchestras throughout Spain, and is the bassist in the Symphony Wind Orchestra of A. Coruna. He has collaborated with many musicians and ensembles, particularly in the field of contemporary music, and has recorded and performed on many commercial recordings and for television and radio broadcasts.

Simon Garcia has composed more than twenty works for double bass, ranging from two to six players, alongside transcriptions of these pieces for various chamber ensembles. His music has been performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Canada, USA and UK by The Bass Gang, Bass Instinct and Il Quint-etto amongst others, and some of his music was used as teaching material in the 2011 ISB Year of Collaborative Music.

Simon Garcia's music is lively, jazzy and rhythmic with great forward momentum and drive. Accessible for players and audiences alike, he writes colourful music of distinction and energy, employing the entire range of the double bass.

Simon Garcia was a Featured Composer and guest soloist at Bass-Fest 2013 (3-7 August, The Silk Mill, Frome, UK), when 10 of his works were performed, including the premiere of Time Capsule for double bass octet. He returns to Bass-Fest 2014 (15-17 August) again as a Featured Composer and soloist.

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Cat No. RM634
Supplier Code RM634
Price £10.50
ComposerSimon Garcia
WordsWilliam Shakespeare
CategoriesDouble Bass Quartet
Double Bass Quartet & Voice
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-634-5
EAN-13 9790570456345
Weight 130 grams
Published 23rd January 2014
Availability 7 in stock
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RM456  A Night in Compostela
RM576  Concertino No.1 (DOUBLE BASS & PIANO)